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Careers in Instrumentation and Control Automation

Instrumentation program graduates are in demand and experience a high rate of job placement. New River-trained instrument technicians find careers in local industries as well as throughout Virginia, the United States and internationally. Technicians employed by American companies sometimes work overseas.

Annual earnings for entry-level technicians employed by manufacturing industries have ranged from $35,000, $55,000 and even higher. Listed below are companies and the annual salaries of new graduates who were recruited from New River's instrumentation program.

ABB Group  
American Electric Power, Roanoke, Va. $52,000
American Mine Research  
ACS Conveyor  
ATK (Orbital ATK)  
B'burg, C'burg VPI Water Authority  
Celanese, Narrows, Va. $53,000 (after training)
Coca Cola Company  
Control Automation Technologies Corp.  
Corning Corporation  
Dominion (Virginia Power), Richmond, Va. $55,000
ESS Technologies  
Federal Mogul  
Honeywell, Richmond, Va. $75,000 (after 180 days)
Honeywell, Moncure, N.C. $75,000 (after 180 days)
Hampton Roads Sanitation District (HRSD)  
Hollingsworth & Vose  
Instrument Calibration and Technical Services  
International Paper  
JA King  
James Hardie  
Korona Candles  
McKee Foods Corporation  
Mead Westvaco $62,000 (starting)
Motion Controls  
PCI $42,000-$44,000
Pepsi Bottling Group
Phoenix Packaging  
Phillip Morris, Richmond, Va. $43,500 (entry)
Professional Project Services  
RF Micro Devices, Greensboro, N.C. $30,000 (entry)
RJR $63,800
Sterling Engineering Solutions  
TechLab, Inc.  
Virginia Tech Power Plant  
Williams Supply  
Yokohama, Salem, Va. $36,000